The European Union is set to test the water concerning Bitcoin and blockchain-like technologies. But while it claims to be looking for local experts, no-one is having much luck getting a job.
The E.U. has always been interested in new technologies, as is shown by the huge interest in Bitcoin and blockchain technologies since 2014. As is the case with nearly every country, though, being interested doesn’t mean you can implement the new technologies immediately — because the legal cadre is lagging behind as usual.
However it seems the E.U. has worked out its legal difficulties and is trying to set a more proactive course. Its bureaucracy is opening up the hiring pool for people who have blockchain experience. The Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General is currently looking for a consultant with expertise in Blockchain and Bitcoin. The only downside is that you need to be a E.U. citizen to apply successfully.
For all of you reading this and editing your resumes to be sent to the E.U., be ready for some serious disappointment. We have spoken to some candidates who applied for the job and didn’t get it, despite having extensive blockchain experience.
Werner B., who has been active in the Bitcoin and blockchain world since 2011, explained it like this:
“ First when I saw this advertisement I was happy because I just lost my job in the IT department of a famous international company and I was looking for something new. It seemed like the right time the right place. However the people responding to my email and resume were very rude. ‘You don’t have experience and we do not need IT guys’ — which is kind of contradictory. Who else has more experience than a person who created apps, is in the IT world, has been working in his spare time with blockchain and bitcoin tech and is actively working with German startups in that sector”?
Werner’s story is not the only one we heard, so we utilized our connections within the E.U. commission to get down to the core of the problem. Is the EU really looking for experienced people in the blockchain and Bitcoin world, or are they using this advertisement for more nefarious reasons?
E.U. Unsure What it Really Wants
After a couple of days a representative from the Commission of Taxation and Customs Union got back to us and said that they are looking for people that have blockchain experience. This sounded a bit bland so we used our other contacts in the E.U. to find out more.
Guy Verhofstadt, member of the conference of presidents and committee of constitutional affairs, told Bitsonline that “they were looking for people with the aforementioned skill set, but that they really do not know what they really want”.
If we can take politicians at their word, we can at least say that they are trying to understand and are actively working on how to incorporate blockchain-like technologies in their systems.
It is no surprise that the E.U. is starting at the tax level, which may imply that they are going to view bitcoin more as a commodity-like product than a real currency. Having a huge region like the E.U. accepting bitcoin would give a strong signal to the world, as well as to the people still on the fence concerning the technology.
Nevertheless, there are already Bitcoin-like initiatives in certain E.U. regions where they use alternative forms of “currency” that can be used for a myriad of things. For example, the region called Limburg, Belgium, is such a place where they are going to use the “Limbu” as a payment system next to the Euro. These coins can then be exchanged for buying local grown produce, trashbins, etc. and you can get them by either volunteering in the community or giving something to the community.
Could the E.U. Have Darker Motives?
There is also another possibility that has been pointed out by some friends in the Bitcoin world who have applied for this E.U. function. It could be an information-gathering tactic to see who responds on the advert.
Think about it — they get your employment history, your address, other info (if you put your references in) etc. It is a real treasure trove for an intelligence gathering operation to figure out who is doing what in the E.U.
It wouldn’t be the first time either, since the E.U. seems determined to crack down on freedom of speech — egged on by certain influential members inside the E.U. parliament. As of 23rd May 2017, their voices are getting stronger to start censoring social media, mainstream media (which is already censored in one form or another) and the Orwellian nightmare is slowly but steadily being rolled out across the EU. In some countries like Germany it is a criminal offense to criticize immigration policy.
Why is the E.U. looking for blockchain and bitcoin industry experts? Let’s hear your thoughts.
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